Katrín Jakobsdóttir

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Katrín.
Katrín Jakobsdóttir
Katrin Jakobsdottir, undervisnings- forsknings- og kulturminister i Island, samt samarbejdsminister i Nordisk Ministerrad.jpg
Katrín Jakobsdóttir (2009)
Minister of Education, Science and Culture
In office
2 February 2009 – 23 May 2013
Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
Preceded by Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir
Succeeded by Illugi Gunnarsson
Personal details
Born (1976-02-01) 1 February 1976 (age 40)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Political party Left-Green Movement
Spouse(s) Gunnar Örn Sigvaldason
Children Three sons (b. 2005, 2007, 2011)
Alma mater University of Iceland

Katrín Jakobsdóttir (pronounced [ˈkʰaːtʰrin ˈjaːkʰɔpstouhtɪr]) (born 1 February 1976) is an Icelandic politician and a member of the Althing (Iceland's parliament) for the Reykjavík North constituency since 2007. She is the leader of the Left-Green Movement and was Iceland's Minister of Education, Science and Culture.[1] from 2 February 2009 to 23 May 2013.

Katrín graduated from the University of Iceland in 1999 with a degree in Icelandic and French. She received her M.A. from the same university in 2004 for a dissertation on the work of popular Icelandic crime writer Arnaldur Indriðason.


  1. ^ Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Secretariat of Althingi, retrieved 31 January 2009 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir
Minister of Education, Science and Culture
2009 – 2013
Succeeded by
Illugi Gunnarsson
Preceded by
Vice Chairman of the Left-Green Movement
2003 – present